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Gathering Staff, Student, & Family/Caregiver Voice 

to Inform School-Wide Expectations/Agreements


Why gather input about Universal PBIS foundations from staff, students, and family/caregivers?

School-wide expectations/agreements should be determined through meaningful participation of staff, students, and families/caregivers. This process enhances contextual fit, helps staff develop feelings of collective ownership and accept responsibility for sustaining effective PBIS practices, and provides students and families/caregivers with agency and authentic and collaborative connections to school.

As reflected in the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (Items 1.10 & 1.11)¹, staff, students, and family/caregivers should be given opportunities to provide input on school-wide expectations/agreements (along with other PBIS foundations) at least every 12 months

Below are guidelines and four suggestions for ways that your PBIS team can gather staff, student, and family/caregiver voice as you co-create new school-wide expectations/agreements or review current school-wide expectations/agreements. For more information and resources, see the PBIS Cultural Responsiveness Field Guide.

Staff, Student, and Family/Caregiver Input Can Be Used to:

  • co-create expectations/agreements.
  • review current expectations/agreements, consider whether these current expectations/agreements still meet the needs of the school community, and determine whether to keep, adapt, or change them.
  • determine content or adaptations to the school’s matrix.
  • identify which social/emotional/behavioral skills require more focused/frequent teaching, practicing, prompting, pre-correcting, and acknowledgment.
  • support action planning.



¹Tiered Fidelity Inventory Items 1.10 & 1.11
1.10: Faculty Involvement
Faculty are shown school-wide data regularly and provide input on universal foundations (e.g., expectations, acknowledgements, definitions, consequences) at least every 12 months.
1.11 Student/Family/Community Involvement
Stakeholders (students, families, and community members) provide input on universal foundations (e.g., expectations, consequences, acknowledgements) at least every 12 months.